The Pelvic Floor and Exercise
Exercise is an important part of general health and wellbeing.
If you feel you may be at risk of pelvic floor problems it is important to tailor your exercise program to suit your needs.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that play a role in bladder control, bowel control and sexual sensation.
You May have a Problem if You Are / Have…
Accidentally leaking urine when playing sport, laughing, coughing, sneezing or exercising.
Constantly needing to go to the bathroom
Unlocking the front door and not being able to control your bladder
Accidentally losing control of your bowel
Pain in your pelvic area
A prolapse (pressure, bulging or discomfort in the pelvic area)
Exercise Can Stress the Pelvic Floor
It is far more common than you may think. You need to be trained in a safe way so exercise does not stress your pelvic floor. Some exercises place additional stress on the pelvic floor and I have listed some of them below:
Sit Ups, Curl Ups or Crunches
Lifting or Pressing Heavy Weight
Sports – Tennis, Touch Football, Netball, Basketball
Pilates and the Pelvic Floor
The ideal pelvic position is a ‘neutral pelvis’. This when the pelvis is level and straight and the spine sits correctly on top of the pelvis. Your Pilates instructor will teach you this position. This allows optimal length of the muscles allowing correct muscle patterns while exercising.
Pilates studio sessions may help you strengthen / treat / many cases cure your pelvic floor problems and give you an overall feeling of good health and well being.
You can find out more by visiting
www.pelvicfloorfirst.com.au OR call 1800 33 00 66